The Difference Between Believe and Trust
It’s “I Trust You” Vs “I believe in you”. What is the difference? For quite some time, people have been asking about the thoughts of this. What does it take to trust? And what does it take to believe. Does it necessarily follow that if we trust we believe, or vice versa?
According to Merriam-webster.com, Trust is the assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something, while believe is to accept something as true, real or possible. The keyword here is “Reliance”. You most likely rely on the things or people you trust not on the things you believe. I will not go into deeper contextual or linguistic perusals rather just allow me to share a short story to point out the difference.
This story is about Jean Francois Gravelet also known as “Charles Blondin”. He is a French tightrope walker who is best known for his numerous breathtaking tightrope walks 1100 ft across and 160 ft above the spectacular Niagara Falls. His most notable performances included crossing the tightrope with his eyes blindfolded, on another occasion he crossed on stilts and on another he even had stopped halfway to cook and eat an omelet.
It is also through these performances that he taught the world one of the greatest distinction in life.
In one of his Niagara Falls exhibitions he decided to push a wheelbarrow over the tightrope, he performed it over the eyes of more than a thousand petrified audiences and like all the other previous treks, the wheelbarrow crossing was successful and greatly applauded.
After the feat, he told the crowd “I will cross again going to the other side, but this time I will carry a man on the wheelbarrow”. He then asks them, “Who among you believe I can do it?!!”
The crowd shouted and cheered affirmations, it was like all of them claimed they believe in him. All of them were thrilled and all of them were excited to see the next trek.
Then Blondin said “Now, if you believe I can do it, who among you will volunteer to ride the wheelbarrow. Anyone please raise your hand?”
Guess what? Everyone was silenced; nobody among the thousands who believe raised his hand, nobody wants to ride in the wheelbarrow.
You believed in him after seeing him but will you trust him enough to lay your life in his hands?
How about YOU?
If you were there, will you raise your hand and ride the wheelbarrow?
The difference between the crowd and the one who rides the wheelbarrow is the difference between believe and trust. Cheering with the crowd is believing, while riding the wheelbarrow over the tightrope is trusting.
It only takes words or affirmations to express you believe while it takes an important something such as your life to express you trust. You can believe without trusting but you can never trust without believing.
You Got to Believe and Trust in…
Believe in your dreams and trust in your ability to make them all come true.
It takes a belief to make a team but it takes trust to win a championship.
Belief creates it but trust reveals its value.
Believe in his words and trust in his ways.
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